While I'm still in the search of a big girl, full-time job. I am thankful to have a part-time job, that seems more full-time, as a barista at a local coffee shop. It is fun being a barista, but it can be tiring and eventful. Here are some things I've learned.
It's always better to be busy I find that work is a whole lot better when I'm actually busy. Those days where business is super slow are the ones where I come home feeling the most tired.
There are some rude people It may be just how they word things, but I prefer for customers to say, "can I have?" over "give me a...". One just sounds like you are ordering me around. It takes away a little of my joy when I'm making your cup of delicious coffee.
There are some really nice and sweet people Every once in awhile I will find a $5 tip in my jar. I don't know if it is the same person each time or if people are mistakenly pulling it out of their wallets, but it blows my mind every. time. I'm also thankful for the people who come through the line and give me a moment to breath and tell me what an awesome job I'm doing.
You can meet people from all over, with all sorts of different stories Since working at the coffee shop, I've met people from Kansas City, Kentucky, Texas, even a woman who once lived in California as a kid. We were able to discuss Tahoe, skiing, big trees, and truly cold weather. And guys, I live in a SMALL, small town. Meeting people from all over is just refreshing.
It's best to be organized I have my own way of organizing when I'm up at the shop and working. My co-workers have their own way of organizing. I may think mine is better and more efficient, but hey, we are all different. Either way, it helps when you have your system and you know something is going to be there when you grab for it.
It's best to be clean Not just for when the health inspector may stop by, but for all the people who enter the shop and CAN see everything you are doing when it comes to making their coffee. I can sometimes make a mess, but I'm quick to clean it up, even while finishing up a drink.
Different people work in different ways This one is similar to the organization one. I may start and finish a drink differently than a co-worker, but all that matters is that it tastes good.
People will be blunt and honest And for this we are thankful. If it wasn't for the honesty of our customers, we wouldn't have known that one day we mistakenly switched the mocha and the hot chocolate powders. Which are VERY different. Needless to say, the mocha's didn't taste right that day and all who ordered one was tracked down and given a new, good one.
I will never look my age I have to wear my hair in a ponytail. Which automatically makes me look 16 and in high-school. And someone has to remind me. Every. Single. Day. And inside I'm just screaming, "I AM TWENTY-FIVE PEOPLE!!!!"
Coffee grinds get everywhere On the floor, behind the syrups, stuck in the syrup on the counter, under the espresso machine, behind the grinder, on the wall, and on you. Everywhere, people. It's like sand.
It's best to find one company and stick with them We've had some lovely experiences and some not-so-lovely ones with the people we buy our cups and lids from. Let's just say that one day we discovered our lids didn't properly fit our clear cups and it took us forever to get the lid on without making the drink look horrible or spill it all over the floor. Find a company that you like and does things the right way and then stick. with. them.
It's hard having a small business And this isn't even MY business. I just work there. But, since we are such a small place with a small number of employees, I pretty much became manager. And I've learned almost all the ins and outs of running it. It's hard and it takes a lot of time. But, working in a small business has made me more conscious of shopping local and supporting other local, small businesses.
Always carry a book with you wherever you go We have a lull in our day where almost no one will come into the shop. I use this time to start cleaning. But, since our place isn't big, that doesn't take long at all. Therefore, I always bring a book or my Bible study with me. Getting lost in a book definitely helps the hours pass quicker.
You really can be a light for Jesus no matter where you are Working in a coffee shop, all day, everyday can be fun, but also monotonous. It isn't always fun or exciting. There are moments where I would much rather be doing anything else. But, the moment that someone enters the shop and tells us how happy they are that we are there. How whenever they enter our store they can just relax for a short moment. How it just feels welcoming. How we make people feel good.
That makes it all worth it.